Use technology when preparing to get back to nature! If you lead outdoors education, camping, or backpacking field trips, here is a tool that will help you gather the necessary supplies. It is a collection of modifiable materials lists, all organized by category.
Using My Backpacking List:
- Touch the My Lists selection in the upper-left corner to create and manage your own personalized lists
- Choose from 17 listed categories
- Tap on any category to open a list of specific items that can be edited or checked off as items are packed
- An Edit button brings up red Negative Sign (-) and blue Arrow (>) icons that allow you to delete or rename categories
- A Plus Sign (+) button at the bottom allows you to add categories
- Tap on the Mail icon to e-mail an entire list to a friend
- A button that typically is for sharing features allows you to Check All, Uncheck All, or Hide Completed/Show All lists
- Small ovals to the right of each category display a fraction: the number of items left to pack out of the total on the list
Navigation takes some getting used to
You can share the lists by e-mail
How techie do I need to be?
Different packing lists can be saved for reference when repeating different trips during following school years.
- It takes a little practice to understand how to use the app. When you create a personal list, the factory-programmed list is imported, and you delete items that you will not need.
- As an educator taking students on a trip, you will want to make sure to add medical authorizations and permission slips to the Documents category
- This is helpful as a reference for thinking through all for the possible supplies needed; however, you could certainly keep your own editable list in a spreadsheet from year to year without paying for the app
- If you are traveling where you will be in WiFi range, the app makes your packing list available to you when preparing to return home
- Comprehensive list of supplies
- Main backpacking supplies list is not organized alphabetically and there is no provision for rearranging it